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Ralph

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (461)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "Medicus"
    Overall

    As always, Simon Vances is a joy to listen to, his narration flawless, each character distinctly drawn by the voices he gives to them. After a bit of a slow start, the book picks up its pace and provides a fascinating look into Britannia under Roman rule. Most enjoyable for anyone who loves historical fiction.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (531)

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

    Karin says: "Good book, unsympathetic heroine"
    "The Red Queen: A Novel"
    Overall

    I wish I'd read some of the reviews before purchasing this book. I too found Margaret unbearingly priggish and whiney. This was not Gregory's best effort--perhaps because she didn't have much to work with in Margaret Beaufort. I do think it interesting that Margaret's son, Henry VII was in no hurry to marry Elizabeh of York once he became king and not only delayed marrying her but delayed crowning her queen as well...perhaps due to his mother's influence.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18239)
    Performance
    (8405)
    Story
    (8442)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "The Girl Who kicked the hornet's Nest"
    Overall

    Very satisfying ending to a riveting trilogy. Lisbeth Salendar is one of the most intriguing heroines of modern literature and Simon Vance, as always reads with perfect inflection and timing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

    Garry says: "True Evil"
    "True Evil"
    Overall

    I found the story completely implausible but have to say that I'd listen to Dick hill read a cereal box and be entertained. For a two day trip it did keep me intrigued although I still don't understand why the doctor's wife wanted to have him murdered. That made no sense at all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew's Story: The Jesus Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Levi was studying to be a priest, but when an unspeakable tragedy befalls his family, he turns his back on his faith and decides to pursue riches and luxury instead. He becomes a tax collector, disappointing his family and reviled by Jews and Romans alike. And although he is a success, his chosen trade does not bring him contentment. When he hears about Jesus, the man who some are saying is the prophesied Messiah, he begins a quest that leads him to question his very existence.

    Ralph says: "Loved this book."
    "Loved this book."
    Overall

    LaHay made the gospel story come alive for me in a way that was rich and rewarding. So often we take Biblical characters for granted and fail to recognise the real struggles they went through to live out their faith and follow the Master. Dean's narration was spot on and the story alive with historical color and detail.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Pompeii"
    Overall

    Wonderful listen--well researched and highly informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7005)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1796)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "The Davinci Code"
    Overall

    I can't imagine why there is such furor over such a silly, farfetched book. Even had Mary Magdalene and Jesus married and born children, I hardly see how this union would have resulted in a secret fertility cult centuries later. That goes against the clear teaching of both Jewish and Christian tradition. Bah, humbug.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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